19-year-old Soto, Harper homer, send Nats over Padres 10-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, wasn't sure his towering drive would clear the fence in left-center field. He was the only one.

Soto hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

''I didn't think it was going to go out of the park,'' said Soto, who also singled in four at-bats. ''I just run hard, the same what I do in the minor leagues. Then I heard the noise and I know it's gone.''

Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Washington teammate Bryce Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

''He's a special player,'' Harper said.

The home fans roared and rose to their feet following the home run. That is when Nationals manager Dave Martinez really had to coach Soto.

''He didn't know what to do about the standing ovation. We told him, `Hey, go out there,''' Martinez said. ''You can tell he has passion for the game.''

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen. It traveled an estimated 442 feet.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out. His parents arrived Sunday from the Dominican Republic but missed the game.

''Maybe it's a blessing,'' Soto joked. ''I strike out. Then they come here and I do my thing.''

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings. One of those hits was the first career home run for San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game.

''Fourteen home runs in the minor leagues in a short time frame,'' Padres manager Andy Green said of Reyes, ''and to my eye, probably 10 or 11 of them to the opposite field with swings just like that.''

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

''(Erlin) missed some spots in the middle of the plate,'' Green said. ''The pitch to Soto was an up-and-away fastball. He got squared up. After that, it kind of went south.''

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

MAKING MOVES

San Diego recalled LHP Tyler Webb from Triple-A El Paso and optioned INF Carlos Asuaje to El Paso. Webb was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in two games earlier this season for the Padres. Asuaje hit .193 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 109 at-bats for San Diego.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: OF Hunter Renfroe (right elbow) and C Austin Hedges (right elbow) were both scheduled to play nine innings Monday during rehabilitation assignments for Triple-A El Paso. Renfroe is hitting .118 (3 for 17) in four games with El Paso, while it is Hedges' first rehab game since going on the 10-day disabled list May 1.

Nationals: INF Howie Kendrick was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Left-hander Tim Collins was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. The 34-year-old Kendrick tore his left Achilles tendon during the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers. Collins replaced Gonzalez and went one inning in his first big league game since 2014.

UP NEXT

Padres: Rookie LHP Eric Lauer (1-2, 8.14 ERA) owns a 9.24 ERA in three road starts.

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 2.20) allowed one earned run over his previous three starts.

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  • W: G. Gonzalez (5-2)L: R. Erlin (1-3)
  • HR: SD - F. Reyes (1), WAS - M. Reynolds 2 (4), B. Harper (14), J. Soto (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Szczur LF30000000.220.291.340.6310.0
B. Mitchell P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
a- T. Jankowski PH-LF10000010.354.432.462.894-0.5
E. Hosmer 1B40100020.267.364.477.8400.0
K. Makita P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Villanueva 3B30000111.244.320.556.8760.5
J. Pirela 2B-LF-1B31100111.261.322.340.6622.5
F. Reyes RF31121112.150.190.300.4907.5
F. Galvis SS40000002.234.295.303.5980.0
A. Ellis C40100011.300.400.380.7800.5
M. Margot CF30000012.189.234.288.522-0.5
R. Erlin P10000000.333.333.333.6670.0
b- C. Spangenberg PH-2B20000000.194.237.361.5980.0
  • a-struck out for Mitchell in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Erlin in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS51220010.271.371.436.8086.5
B. Harper RF41221100.231.392.532.92410.0
A. Rendon 3B40100103.248.345.426.7712.0
M. Reynolds 1B53322002.444.5001.1671.66714.0
P. Severino C41100000.253.357.337.6943.0
J. Soto LF42231000.400.4001.0001.40010.0
W. Difo 2B41200011.271.360.364.7252.5
M. Taylor CF41210011.189.254.314.5695.5
G. Gonzalez P20000011.048.048.048.095-0.5
a- A. Stevenson PH10000002.239.275.283.5570.0
T. Collins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Torres P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for G. Gonzalez in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - F. Reyes
  • RBI - F. Reyes 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner 2 (10), B. Harper (5), P. Severino (7)
  • 3B - M. Taylor
  • HR - B. Harper (14), M. Reynolds 2 (4), J. Soto
  • SH - G. Gonzalez
  • RBI - T. Turner 2 (19), B. Harper 2 (33), M. Reynolds 2 (6), J. Soto 3 (3), M. Taylor (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner 2 (11), B. Harper (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Spangenberg-Hosmer)
  • E - J. Pirela (3)
FIELDING
  • PB - P. Severino (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Erlin (L, 1-3)4.07660224.801.13-5.0
B. Mitchell3.07442126.642.02-3.5
K. Makita1.01000107.501.442.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Erlin (L, 1-3)4.0
B. Mitchell3.0
K. Makita1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 5-2)7.02223512.381.3226.5
T. Collins1.01000200.001.003.0
C. Torres1.01000106.521.242.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 5-2)7.0
T. Collins1.0
C. Torres1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Erlin 56-38, B. Mitchell 62-38, K. Makita 27-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Erlin 6-4, B. Mitchell 5-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Erlin 19, B. Mitchell 17, K. Makita 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 111-68, T. Collins 16-10, C. Torres 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 9-7, C. Torres 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 26, T. Collins 4, C. Torres 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Szczur LF30000000.220.291.340.6310.0
B. Mitchell P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
a- T. Jankowski PH-LF10000010.354.432.462.894-0.5
E. Hosmer 1B40100020.267.364.477.8400.0
K. Makita P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Villanueva 3B30000111.244.320.556.8760.5
J. Pirela 2B-LF-1B31100111.261.322.340.6622.5
F. Reyes RF31121112.150.190.300.4907.5
F. Galvis SS40000002.234.295.303.5980.0
A. Ellis C40100011.300.400.380.7800.5
M. Margot CF30000012.189.234.288.522-0.5
R. Erlin P10000000.333.333.333.6670.0
b- C. Spangenberg PH-2B20000000.194.237.361.5980.0
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  • a-struck out for Mitchell in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Erlin in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS51220010.271.371.436.8086.5
B. Harper RF41221100.231.392.532.92410.0
A. Rendon 3B40100103.248.345.426.7712.0
M. Reynolds 1B53322002.444.5001.1671.66714.0
P. Severino C41100000.253.357.337.6943.0
J. Soto LF42231000.400.4001.0001.40010.0
W. Difo 2B41200011.271.360.364.7252.5
M. Taylor CF41210011.189.254.314.5695.5
G. Gonzalez P20000011.048.048.048.095-0.5
a- A. Stevenson PH10000002.239.275.283.5570.0
T. Collins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Torres P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for G. Gonzalez in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - F. Reyes
  • RBI - F. Reyes 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner 2 (10), B. Harper (5), P. Severino (7)
  • 3B - M. Taylor
  • HR - B. Harper (14), M. Reynolds 2 (4), J. Soto
  • SH - G. Gonzalez
  • RBI - T. Turner 2 (19), B. Harper 2 (33), M. Reynolds 2 (6), J. Soto 3 (3), M. Taylor (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner 2 (11), B. Harper (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Spangenberg-Hosmer)
  • E - J. Pirela (3)
FIELDING
  • PB - P. Severino (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Erlin (L, 1-3)4.07660224.801.13-5.0
B. Mitchell3.07442126.642.02-3.5
K. Makita1.01000107.501.442.5
Total8.0151010244---
PITCHERSIP
R. Erlin (L, 1-3)4.0
B. Mitchell3.0
K. Makita1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 5-2)7.02223512.381.3226.5
T. Collins1.01000200.001.003.0
C. Torres1.01000106.521.242.5
Total9.0422381---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 5-2)7.0
T. Collins1.0
C. Torres1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Erlin 56-38, B. Mitchell 62-38, K. Makita 27-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Erlin 6-4, B. Mitchell 5-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Erlin 19, B. Mitchell 17, K. Makita 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 111-68, T. Collins 16-10, C. Torres 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 9-7, C. Torres 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 26, T. Collins 4, C. Torres 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Reynolds homered to left210
  • 6TH INNING
    Turner doubled to left center, Taylor scored29
    Taylor tripled to deep right, Soto scored28
  • 5TH INNING
    Harper homered to left27
  • 4TH INNING
    Reyes homered to right center, Pirela scored26
  • 3RD INNING
    Reynolds homered to left06
  • 2ND INNING
    Harper doubled to deep right, Turner scored05
    Turner doubled to deep right, Difo scored04
    Soto homered to left center, Reynolds and Severino scored03
  • 9TH INNING
    • Carlos Torres relieved Tim Collins
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Pirela singled to left
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis lined out to center
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Pirela to second on fielder's indifference, Ellis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tim Collins pitching
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg fouled out to left
    • Travis Jankowski hit for Bryan Mitchell
    • T. Jankowski: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Jankowski struck out looking
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hosmer singled to right center
    • C. Villanueva: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Villanueva struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kazuhisa Makita pitching
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper lined out to right
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon singled to right
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds flied out to shallow center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Galvis grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ellis struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Mitchell Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds homered to left
    • P. Severino: Severino flied out to center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Soto lined out to right
    • W. Difo: Ball, Difo singled to shallow center
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Taylor singled to left, Difo to third on 1st baseman Pirela fielding error
    • Andrew Stevenson hit for Gio Gonzalez
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Ball, Stevenson grounded into fielder's choice to first, Taylor out at second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Villanueva walked
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pirela popped out to second
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Villanueva out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Mitchell Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Foul, Soto singled to shallow center
    • W. Difo: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Taylor tripled to deep right, Soto scored
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded bunt out to first
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Turner doubled to left center, Taylor scored
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Rendon grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Margot grounded out to shortstop
    • Cory Spangenberg hit for Robbie Erlin
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Spangenberg popped out to shortstop
    • M. Szczur: Strike swinging, Ball, Szczur grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bryan Mitchell pitching
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper homered to left
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded into double play second to first, Rendon out at second
    • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Severino grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • C. Villanueva: Villanueva grounded out to third
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Pirela to second on passed ball, Reyes homered to right center, Pirela scored
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis flied out to center
    • A. Ellis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ellis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • R. Erlin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Erlin lined out to center
    • M. Szczur: Foul, Szczur lined out to third
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Hosmer grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds homered to left
    • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Foul, Severino grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Difo: Difo lined out to right
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Pirela struck out looking
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reyes walked
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis flied out to left
    • A. Ellis: Ball, Strike looking, Ellis singled to shallow center, Reyes to second
    • M. Margot: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Margot grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Reynolds singled to left
    • P. Severino: Ball, Severino doubled to left, Reynolds to third
    • J. Soto: Soto homered to left center, Reynolds and Severino scored
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Difo singled to shallow right
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • G. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Difo to second
    • T. Turner: Turner doubled to deep right, Difo scored
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Harper doubled to deep right, Turner scored
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 2nd (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Foul, Szczur flied out to deep left
    • E. Hosmer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Villanueva grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harper flied out to deep left
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon popped out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)